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American Folklore Society (Bloomington, IN 47406-7512)
Timothy C. Lloyd (Project Director: July 2014 to July 2017)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2017

National Folklore Archives Initiative, Phase 2

The second phase of the National Folklore Archives Initiative, which would expand access to archival collections documenting American folklife by increasing the number of institutions in the Folklore Collections portal. The project would enable online searching of the collections of 24 folklife archives around the country, as well as strengthen the capacity of collections staff at each institution to continue expanding the resources.

The American Folklore Society is requesting $271,762 to support the two-year second phase of the National Folklore Archives Initiative (NFAI), a consortial effort to provide open, online, integrated access to information about the archival collections held by folklore programs at academic institutions, community-based cultural and ethnic organizations, non-profit organizations, and state government-based arts and cultural agencies in the United States. The second phase of this initiative includes five interrelated activities: 1. Curate, develop, test, and distribute a scalable solution for larger-scale NFAI user training; 2. Continue work with existing archival partner sites to add content and value to our database; 3. Work with new archival partner sites to add additional content and value to our database and to build the NFAI community; 4. Implement additional organizational infrastructure for sustainability; and 5. Continue our partnership-building efforts.